Benzema would be a great signing for Arsenal – Parlour

The France international has been identified as a potential marquee acquisition by the north Londoners and he has been praised by the former Gunners midfielder

GOAL EXCLUSIVE   By Brendon Netto

Karim Benzema would be a great signing for Arsenal, according to former Gunner Ray Parlour.

Goal revealed in May that Arsenal had identified Benzema as a potential acquisition, with the Gunners believing that the France international would be open to a move to the Emirates.

Progress on the bid has been slow, however, and it is understood that Arsenal are happy to play a waiting game as they attempt to secure the striker’s signature.

Parlour believes the 27-year-old would represent a superb signing for the north Londoners, who have so far only acquired Petr Cech in the summer transfer window.

Indeed, with links to forwards abounding, Parlour has also praised PSG striker Edinson Cavani in an exclusive interview with Goal.

“Benzema would be a great signing for Arsenal. I think fans would be really excited to have him in the squad. Cavani’s been mentioned, whether he’s a player who could come in,” said Parlour, speaking at the launch of Arsenal’s new kit in Mumbai.

“He’s got great experience with the national side and the teams he’s been at so, if they’re available, who knows? Something could happen there. Whether we can get them is another matter.

“We know how hard it is to buy players now. I’m sure Arsene Wenger, if those sort of players are on the market and he knows he can get them, maybe they’re the ones he goes for.”

Benzema, who dropped a hint that he could join Arsenal this summer with a crypic Instagram post last week, scored 22 goals in all competitions for Real last season, while Cavani found the net 31 times for PSG.